Okay, so here's my end-of-season overview of the overall stats.
Top overall score
|10||(+1)||Geraint Too Fast||107493|
It's gonna take something monumental to usurp the leader here, as it's rather unlikely that skidmark skips a year. His lead extends again, while Madrazo and Hugo Koblet bumps Kazistuta off the podium after the latter had a quite mediocre seasons for their standards.
Now for some weird news. It's finally no longer a requirement to have participated in every edition of the CQ game to be in the top ten, as Geraint Too Fast makes the jump despite having missed the inaugral edition. It's quite an achievement by GTF to be above five players who have an extra year's worth of points (GTF was already ahead of four of them at the start of this season). The surprising thing is that GTF makes the top ten after their worst year by far, having finished 68th – which is their first ever placing outside the top 30. Entering the top ten is only possible because Armchair cyclist, who falls out of the top ten, had an even worse year with their 97th place. But even just one placing behind GTF would probably have lost Armchair his top ten: GTF only needed to make up 3 points!
And for some good news: This was the first year that we didn't lose any of the ever-present players. 14 of them still remain.
Average placement (3+ participations)
|8||(-5)||Geraint Too Fast||(8)||24|
Hakkie2 has an unbelievable record in this game! 20th, 12th, 10th and now 3rd place in 2019! Hakkie2 consolidates the lead, but one bad year can ruin everything, as it kind of did for me this year (dropping 6 places on the list) and Geraint Too Fast. Relative newcomers SafeBet and Kryvo have been very consistent, and jump straight into 3rd and 4th, respectively.
Top weekly scores
|Rank||Name||Weekly score||After which race|
|1||Ben1376||2146||Giro d'Italia 2014|
|2||fauniera||2101||Giro d'Italia 2014|
|3||CQmanager||2063||Tour de France 2015|
|4||Kwibus||1962||Vuelta a Espana 2011|
|5||kurtinsc||1940||Vuelta a Espana 2011|
|6||Milanello||1930||Giro d'Italia 2014|
|7||Ruvu75||1899||Tour de France 2015|
|8||highoctane||1885||Giro d'Italia 2014|
|9||Slow_Rider||1875||Giro d'Italia 2014|
|10||MCardinalR||1874||Giro d'Italia 2014|
Still no new entries in the top ten of the top weekly scores since 2015. Del1962 posts the biggest week of 2019 with 1835 points after the Tour de France, enough for 12th best week of all time.
Top yearly scores
Nobody even reached 15000 points this year, which is my criteria for being put on the list by which I track top yearly scores. I have higher hopes for next year in this category...
Most popular picks
|Rank||Name||Percentage of teams||Year|
|1||BOONEN Tom||92 %||2014|
|2||KITTEL Marcel||92 %||2016|
|3||SCHLECK Andy||90 %||2013|
|4||HUSHOVD Thor||89 %||2013|
|5||CAVENDISH Mark||89 %||2018|
|6||DEGENKOLB John||89 %||2017|
|7||KITTEL Marcel||87 %||2019|
|8||NIZZOLO Giacomo||86 %||2018|
|9||HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis||86 %||2015|
|10||COQUARD Bryan||85 %||2018|
Kittel was picked by 87% of the teams this year, which puts him near the top of this list for the second time, this time as the 7th most 'obvious' pick of all time. There probably won't be a third time though. Some of the nearly ubiquitous riders have been quite unsuccesful. Kittel in 2019 is in the good company of Andy Schleck's 2013 season and Cav's 2018. The similarly unsuccesful Fabio Aru, who was picked by 84% of all teams this year, is the 13th most 'obvious' pick of all time.
Top overall picks
|2||(+5)||CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban||358|
|4||(-1)||BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto||350|
|5||(-3)||DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd||348|
And we keep picking these guys! With his 3 picks this year, Phinney barely hangs on to his title as the most-picked rider ever in the CQ game, but he'll struggle to keep it next year. Most of those who made jumps on this list as popular picks of 2019 had bad seasons again, and we can expect to see some of them in quite a few teams next year as well. The battle for the position as Phinney's successor is on! Now, who manages to sound the most motivated in pre-season interviews?
Some trivia: One of the riders in the top ten overall picks managed to stay on the ever-dwindling list of riders who have been picked by at least one CQ manager in each of the nine years the game has been run. Can you guess who? That list was cut from 17 to 12 riders this season.
Best rookie player
Year, name, placing
2012 Nyssinator 3rd
2013 SteelyDan 1st
2014 Cykeltyven 2nd
2015 kabete 6th
2016 abbulf 3rd
2017 SafeBet 22nd
2018 TheArt 4th
2019 tobydawq 8th